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What does a pulmonologist do?
A pulmonologist deals with diseases of the lower respiratory tract and lungs.
In case of what problems should we consult a pulmonologist?
- persistent or prolonged cough
- difficulty breathing at rest or on exercise of unknown origin,
- persistent airway secretions,
- breathing pain
- persistent cough, shortness of breath after inhalation of an irritant,
- worsening shortness of breath with known heart disease
- smoking-related respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath)
- unsuccessful smoking cessation
Where can I get this medical specialty?
Common pulmonological problems, examinations
Investigation of the following diseases is the responsibility of the pulmonologist:
- respiratory allergies,
- inflammation with persistent airway narrowing (COPD)
- pulmonary fibrosis, diagnosis of lung cancer
- respiratory symptoms of reflux disease
Depending on the nature of the symptoms, an internal doctor, cardiologist, otolaryngologist or gastroenterologist may be required for a complete examination of the symptoms.
Respiratory function test (spirometry) is a routine test in the diagnosis and follow-up of lung diseases. The test is completely painless and requires no preparation. Suitable for examining lung performance, shows whether and to what extent there is a possible decrease in lung function.